Other Commentaries

Trump can only win if Dems keep moving left

Donald Trump can’t win in 2020 but the Democrats can lose, and they seem determined to give it their best shot. Straight-line predictions are the undoing of every pundit and prognosticator. But it seems safe to say that if present trends hold, President Trump has no path to winning a ...

Whistling past the ‘Green New Deal’

A bold new crew of radicals swept into Congress to remake environmental policies, and the news media immediately called out their poisonous and extreme proposals. If you’re thinking about this freshman class of knuckleheads who has given us the 2019 “Green New Deal,” the answer is no. ...

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical causes of the hour. Brown ...

Collaboration in the local arts world

This year, the Community Arts Center celebrates its twenty-fifth season. Reaching a milestone such as this seems an appropriate time for some reflection. Rather than simply recounting the parade of performances that have graced the stage, I’d like to focus on the local relationships that have ...

Let’s share the outdoors

In Harrisburg, there is a renewed push by some that Sunday hunting should be permitted. The Pennsylvania State Grange respectfully disagrees. Even while disagreeing, we certainly understand the rationale. The Pennsylvania Game Commission believes it will make more money from the sale of ...

A travesty in New York

There were two victims in the horrific attack earlier this month on Jennifer Irigoyen in New York City. But the state’s law recognizes only one of them. Anthony Hobson allegedly dragged his pregnant former girlfriend into the stairwell of her Queens apartment building and stabbed her in the ...

Which parents should be scolded?

It’s hard to fathom in this supercharged atmosphere, but politics actually has been more tumultuous than it is today (see: War, Civil). On the other hand, the war to define — or, better put, redefine — American culture has never been more ferocious. Its militancy has reached the point ...

Great nations don’t quit wars before they prevail

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, “I do not support the idea of endless war.” Just a few days before Trump’s ...

Getting easier to be ‘green’

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.” The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a “...10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the ...

End shameful strand of U.S. history

Four hundred years ago this summer, colonial America’s first representative assembly was convened in Jamestown, Virginia. The event launched a noble tradition that grew to become America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance. However, that noble beginning was ...

Abortion and the right to stay alive

Much has been made lately of language in a recently enacted New York state statute that permits abortion up to the time of birth if necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother. New Jersey has had the same provision for two generations via a regulation of the Board of Medical ...

The state of what union?

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and combative ...

It’s time for the ingrates to go

Crying hate is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, Linda ...

The shutdown and the border openers

The government shutdown ended so the two sides could negotiate on border security. It’s nonsense, of course. Pelosi and Co. has made it abundantly clear before, during and since the shutdown: There will be no border wall funding, period, they said. And while there was some border funding, ...

Schultz is calling Democrats out for how radical their party has become

s are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing that he may launch an independent campaign for president. They fear he will split the anti-Trump opposition and help reelect the president. But what angers them even more is that Schultz is calling Democrats out for ...

Celebrating 25 years of the CAC – a community achievement

It was May 1993 when Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops took the stage for the very first performance at the newly renovated Community Arts Center. Since that time, the curtain has risen on a number of attractions a list of which would fill many column inches in this newspaper. To be ...

Legalizing marijuana in state: A familiar script

It wasn’t surprising when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently suggested it was time for the state to take a "serious" and "honest” look at the legalization of recreational marijuana. Earlier he had opined that the time was not quite “ripe.” But Wolf, term limited and following a ...

Harris and the implausibility of ‘Medicare-for-all’

Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall recently — not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately. Asked if the “Medicare-for-all” plan that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. Bernie Sanders eliminates private ...